This Christmastime, we're doing our best to be a beacon of light for our listeners -- sometimes, literally.
As is our tradition, we've just lit the KNOM Christmas star, perched atop our studio transmitter tower in downtown Nome. The KNOM star harkens back to the lighted cross that's adorned the steeple of Nome's St. Joseph Catholic Church for more than a century. Even in the early 1900s, this familiar landmark could be seen by Bering Strait travelers during the long, dark winter from as far away as 20 miles.
Like the cross atop St. Joe's, KNOM's Christmas star will shine brightly throughout the weeks to come, and just prior to Christmas Day, we'll usher in another longtime KNOM tradition. On the last Friday of Advent, the Christmas Call-in Show will welcome telephone calls from our listeners for seven hours. We'll broadcast a constant stream of callers, who go on the air to send blessings and messages of love to family and friends near and far. One minute you'll hear a wee child singing carols to their Ana (“AH-nuh” or Grandma), then a greeting from an elder expressed in Inupiaq or another Alaska Native language.
What a tremendous blessing it is to be the conduit of such heartwarming gifts, connecting one listener to another.
This year, we invite you to help us bring the light of the season to our listeners. Would you consider being a KNOM Christmas Star?
- $10.96: Cost of heating our volunteer house for 1 week.
- $42.74: Cost of long distance charges for a radio call-in show.
- $143.11: Cost of broadcasting the weekly Sunday Mass.
- $300.00: Cost to feed 1 volunteer each month.
Thank you for helping KNOM be a beacon of light. You help us broadcast the True Star of Christmas, the love of Christ, shining bright and steady throughout the year.
Thank you for including KNOM in your Christmas traditions.
God bless you!
Ric Schmidt, General Manager
KNOM Radio Mission, Inc.